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God came to earth, and man - to heaven

God came to earth, and man - to heaven

05.01.2018
Tags: Religion, Christianity

Congratulations on Christmas

I see the mystery extraordinary and wonderful: the shepherds read my ears, uttering not a desolate song, but chanting a heavenly hymn. The angels sing, the archangels sing, the cherubim cry, the seraphim glorify, everyone triumphs, seeing God on earth and man in heaven, high - down, according to His economy, and low - up, according to (God's) philanthropy. Today Bethlehem has become like the sky, instead of stars having accepted singing angels, and instead of the sun inexplicably containing the Sun of Truth.

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He was willing, able, descended and saved; all obeys God. Today Jehovah is born, and Jehovah becomes what He was not; Being a God, He becomes a man, without ceasing to be God; without losing the deity, He became man, and, on the other hand, not through gradual chanting from man became God, but being a Word, He became flesh, so that His nature remained unchanged in its dispassion.

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The kings came and marveled at the heavenly King, as He came to earth without having with Him no angels, archangels, thrones, or dominions, nor forces, nor authorities, but having passed in an unusual and impassable way, came from an inviolable womb, leaving no , however, His angels without His guidance and not losing their own deity through the incarnation of us.

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The kings came to bow to the heavenly King of glory, and the warriors - to serve as the Warlord of forces, the wives came to the Born of the wife to change the sorrows of the wife into joy; virgin - to the Son of the Virgin, marveling at how the Creator of milk and nipples, which produces flowing streams from the breasts, took infant food from the mother - the Virgin; babies - to the child who has become a child, that "from the mouth of babes and sucklings you build praise" (Mt.21: 16; Ps.8: 3); the children - to the Youth who made them martyrs because of Herod's fury; men - to become a man and healed the sickness of slaves; shepherds - to the good Shepherd, who laid down his soul for the sheep; priests - to the high priest who was made according to the order of Melchizedekov; slaves - to the adopted slave to decorate our slavery with freedom; fishermen-to people who made them fishermen; The tax collectors - to the evangelist who came from the publicans; harlots - to His stretched out feet, to the tears of a harlot; briefly to say, all sinners came to see the Lamb of God taking "the sin of the world" (Jnumx: 1), the Magi - giving Him honor, the pastors - glorifying Him, the publicans - preaching the gospel, the harlots - bringing the world, the Samaritan woman - , a Canaanite - with a certain faith.

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So, when everyone is happy, and I want to rejoice, I want to rejoice, I want to triumph. But I rejoice, not playing the zither, not bowing in motion, not fluting in my hands, not flaming torches, but taking musical sheets instead of musical instruments; they are for me a hope, they are for me a life, they are for me a salvation, they are for me a pipe, they are for me a zither. Therefore, I come, taking them, so that they can receive the power of speech with their strength and say with the angels: "Glory to God in the highest", but with the pastors: "and on earth peace, good will in men" (LK2: 14).

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Born inexplicably from the Father today is born inexplicably from the Virgin for my sake. But then He was born of nature from the Father before the ages, as he who has given birth; and today He was supernaturally born, as the grace of the Holy Spirit knows. And his birth is more precious, and his birth is not more difficult; He was truly born, as God was of God, He was truly born as a man from the Virgin.

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I see the child, I see the born, but I do not comprehend the way of birth. The nature is conquered, the limits of its order are conquered, when God wants it. It was not by nature that this event took place, but it was a miracle higher than nature, because nature did not act, but the will of the Lord acted.

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Oh, unspeakable grace! Only-begotten, existing before ages, intangible, simple and incorporeal, took upon myself my corruptible and visible body. For what? In order to become visible, teach, and teach us to lead us to the invisible. Since people consider sight to be more reliable than hearing, and in what they do not see, they doubt, that's why God was pleased to make Himself visible and for the eyes through the body to destroy doubt.

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As an artist, having found the most useful substance, makes of it the most beautiful vessel, so Christ, finding the holy body and soul of the Virgin, arranged Himself an animate temple, having formed a man in Virgo in the manner that he desired, and now, having put on it, he came, not ashamed unkindness of nature. For Him, it was not shameful to bear your own creation; and this creation acquired the greatest glory, becoming the garment of the artist. As with the first creation it was impossible to form a man before the finger was taken into the hands of God, so the damaged vessel could not be renewed if it had not become the garb of the Creator.

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Come, let us celebrate; Come, let us rejoice. The genus of the festival is extraordinary, because it is an extraordinary and way of birth. Now the ancient bonds are resolved, the demon is confounded, the demons are put to flight, the death is crushed, the paradise is open, the curse is destroyed, the sin removed, the delusion destroyed, the truth returned and the doctrine of piety everywhere dispersed and spread, the higher life is planted on earth, the angels enter into fellowship with people and people are chatting peacefully with angels.

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Because God came to earth, and man - to heaven; all connected. He came to earth wholly existing in heaven, and wholly existing in heaven entirely on earth. Being a God, He became a man, not ceasing to be God; being a dispassionate Word, He became flesh, became flesh to dwell in us. He did not become God, but he was; but became flesh, so that, Who could not contain the sky, He was accepted a manger. In order that He was laid in the manger, that the nourishing one should take all the infant food from the mother - the Virgin. In order for this, the Father of the future centuries does not shy away from the embrace of the virgin, like a baby, to become accessible to the Magi.

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I see a carpenter and a nursery, a baby and veils, a birth from a virgin, deprived of everything necessary, all in poverty, all in poverty. Do you see wealth in this great poverty? How did he, a rich man, become poor for us? How did He not have a bed or a bed, but was laid in a bare manger? Oh, poverty, which is the source of wealth! Oh, immense riches that look like poverty! He lies in the manger, and shakes the universe; He obeys the swaddling clothes, and dissolves the bondage of sin; has not yet uttered an articulate sound, and taught the Magi, and showed them the way to return.

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The word of Eve indicates the tree for which Adam is banished from paradise; and the Word, born of the Virgin, revealed a cross through which the robber replaced Adam in paradise.

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And since the people, leaving Him, sculpted the anthropomorphic idols, which they served to insult the Creator, that is why now the Word of God, being God, appeared in the image of man, so that they can destroy the lie and worship God himself in an inconspicuous way. Let us send glory to Christ, who made the inconvenient comfortable, with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and ever, and forever and ever. Amen.

St. John Chrysostom
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